These days, we are spending more time than ever before at home. It is becoming even more important to design and decorate our home exactly how we like it, so, we are comfortable in our dwelling. However, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to design. After all, those who have multiple kids will set up their house in a different way than a person who works remotely out of their living room.
Home by Designs offers some tips for how to design your home, whether you plan to entertain guests, make your family comfortable, or be more productive at work.
The Perfect Home Office
Remote work has become the norm as of late but some people either don’t think they have the space to work, or they have too many distractions. When working from home, efficiency and time management are key. In addition to writing down your short and long-term goals for the day and keeping a time log, you can also create an office environment that can help you to be as effective as possible.
You can start by removing distracting elements like a television and instead putting plants in its place. Plants, as well as natural light, have been known to boost productivity, so try to place your desk near the window. Not only will you feel refreshed and effective, but you will also be able to see your work and reduce your electricity bills by keeping the lights off.
It is also important to have a clutter-free workspace so you aren’t always looking around for what you need. For organization, you can use a cabinet system, or you can eliminate excess paperwork altogether by going paperless and keeping all files digital.
Designing If You Have Kids
If you have children then you will need to decorate your space for comfort but also in a way that will result in fewer hazards. Just like in your office, you’ll want to clear out the clutter and keep their toys in a certain area of the room. Once the kids are done playing, those toys should be put back in their place. You can be clever when it comes to clearing clutter, like having an ottoman instead of a coffee table where toys can be stored.
No matter how well behaved your kids may be, there is always the risk that they will bring in dirt or mark up your interiors. One way to prevent that is to invest in patterned rugs as it is easier to disguise a stain. If you’re looking to child-proof your walls, one option is peel and stick wallpaper. This will allow you to easily replace damaged sections. You can also easily swap to a different design if you want to change things up.
Simplicity can also do wonders so there is less to trip over or destroy, and a good way to make a home simple is with an open floor plan with minimal furniture.
A Room for Entertaining
If you love to entertain your family and friends, then you should think differently about your space. Of course, you will want to have plenty of comfortable furniture and it helps to buy some extra folding chairs in case you get more unexpected company. If you have a big kitchen, it is a great idea to get some bar stools to accommodate friends. The kitchen is the most popular room in the home after all.
It is also a great idea to create a natural flow through the space that directs your guest where they should go. Your sofas and seats could designate the seating area but you should also create space where people can stand and mingle. Smart lighting is also important as you want everyone to be able to see, but you don’t want harsh lamps. Make sure to layer your lighting with a mix of floor and desk lamps, as well as track lights in the ceiling if you have them.
As you can see, there are many ways that you can decorate your home depending on what you plan to do in the space. Consider the tips above and create the perfect environment for yourself, loved ones, and friends.